SP 6 - Economics (WP 6)

An increasingly important policy instrument to reward local land users in developing countries for providing global benefits is "payments for ecosystem services" (PES), which in the future might become available more often in the context of REDD+. In order to contribute to the development of sustainable land use options in the study region SP 6 addresses the following topics.


  • Development of a decisions support tool for a cost-effective and locally accepted PES scheme in close collaboration with local stakeholders.
  • Analysis of the existing organisations and institutions in the study region in terms of their potential for institutional change to implement a PES scheme.
  • An economic analysis of farm/household decisions in order to (i) understand the drivers and motivation of the current behaviour of land users and (ii) to evaluate the economic effects of proposed measures for more sustainable land use.